Petit Le Mans marked in many ways the end of an era. It also brought a number of new champions and first-time Petit Le Mans winners.
James French, #8 Tower Motorsport By Starworks Oreca 07, LMP2 race winner
“I feel phenomenal, feel phenomenal! It was a long, crazy battle, so close the entire time. We got the result the team deserved with an amazing strategy, amazing car. My teammates Gabby [Aubry] and John [Farano] did a phenomenal job, I’m over the moon.”
Ben Keating, #52 PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports Oreca 07, LMP2 champion
“It’s so exciting! I have been in IMSA for a really long time, since it was American Le Mans Series. And I have been close several times, but this is the first time I’ve gotten a championship. It’s a long time coming, it’s a great feeling.”
Pipo Derani, #31 Whelen Engineering Racing Cadillac DPi-V.R, DPi champion
“I’m lost for words. It’s been a fantastic year. It was such a difficult beginning, but now, to become champion is just unbelievable. Thanks to the whole team Action Express/Whelen Engineering. We had a difficult end to last season, a difficult beginning to this season, and then to be finally a champion, I think it’s going to take time to sink in.
“Brazil, man, the country I love so much. I started racing there. It’s for everyone, for everyone who believed in me back in Brazil and here we are, IMSA champions in 2021.”
Zacharie Robichon, #9 Pfaff Motorsports Porsche 991.2 GT3R, GTD champion
“It’s incredible, something the team’s been working for next just this year, but for the last three seasons. At the beginning of the year we set ourselves a goal. We knew were capable and we had a few hiccups along the way, but to be able to do this with this group of guys and this whole team, it makes it that much better – there’s nobody else I’d want to share it with.”
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